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Oct 1, 2012 6:30pm EDT
expectations. president obama has been practicing for the debates at the westin lake, las vegas, resort and spa. 17 miles from the las vegas strip. presidential debate veteran john kerry is participating in the mock debates, pretending to be a different patrician wealthy massachusetts politician mitt romney. yesterday, in las vegas, the president tried to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. >> you are! >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: a new poll shows the president enjoys advantages going into this debate. 66% say his policies have favored the middle class, while 57% think romney's, instead, would favor the wealthy. but the campaign sees some liabilities, as well. the president can get peevish when challenged. >> you're likable enough, hillary. >> reporter: his debate prep team is studying bedates from the last 20 or so years, focusing on unforced, stylistic errors, such as al gores sighs. the president is also quite verbose. when i asked him a two-part question in august, his answe
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 6:30pm EDT
the president. >> reporter: the real john mccain wandered around the stage when he debated obama, and so did "snl's" campaign. the parodies aren't just funny. they can matter. >> that's what makes it so powerful. >> reporter: after all, how can the real debate compete with something like this? >> i know the white house. i know the door out to the rose garden doesn't lock unless you pull it. i know the toilet in the lincoln bedroom will run all night unless you jiggle that handle. >> reporter: jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> you got to jiggle it. >> and we thank you for watching "world news" tonight. watch our abc news/yahoo live stream on abcnews.com. our anniversary of our partnership with yahoo. and george and i and the whole team will be right here, join us, at 9:00 p.m. eastern for this big debate. we'll see you then.
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 2:35am EDT
, enduring the debate rather than fight. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some blamed denver's high elevation for his performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet, and you have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> the president spent much time looking down at his podium take notes. and squandered easy opportunities to go after romney. such as this moment. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. but i am not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from chon ina to p for it. a wide opening. the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a come? back. >> thank goodness, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it is about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest one of the problems may be one common to incumbents, the president has lived in a bubble, rarely challenged. the obama campaign acknowledged they will conduct a reassessment before the next debate. jake tapper, abc news, traveling with the president in madison, wisconsin. >> such a fascinating po
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 2:35am EDT
presidential debates, a new book that says president obama hoped to put osama bin laden on trial if he add surrendered in last year's raid by u.s. navy seals. the book quotes mr. obama as saying, he fought he would been a strong much position politically after bin laden's capture that a criminal trial would have been possible here in the u.s. it also says the president expected bin laden to go down fighting in the raid. the book called "the finish" published in two weeks. >>> and nearly a dozen people in new york are facing charges this morning in a case of international espionage. they are all accused of shipping cutting edge military technology from houston and sending it to russia through jfk airport. believed the computer components ended up in a radar and surveillance equipment and fighter jets as well. >>> trying to pinpoint the source of an meningitis outbreak which left four dead and dozens ill. all received steroid injections before becoming ill. 1 cases were at a national clinic. public health investigators say this meningitis is caused by common fungus and not spread pers
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 4:30am EDT
: the first question in the debate went out to president obama. it was on jobs and specifically the difference between these two candidates and how they can create jobs. but throughout the entire debate both candidates were focusing in on the middle class. [ applause ] nice debate focused on domestic policy issues. a line was drawn with president obama and mitt romney on the economy. >> are we going to double down on the topdown economic policies that helped to get us into this mess or do we embrace a new economic patriotism that says america does best when the middle class does best? >> under the president's policies middle income americans haveburied. they have been crushed. middle income americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. this is a tax in and of itself. >> reporter: on health care -- >> i don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table, and spent his energy and passion for two years fighting for obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the american peo
ABC
Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm EDT
better. >>> with just one more full day to prepare for the first debate, president obama and mitt romney are doing the same thing, they are playing down their own debating skills. they are taughting the other's talents, the latest poll shows a close gap. karen traverse has more from washington. >> reporter: this campaign has been going on for nearly two years. finally, it is debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama is rehearsing with john kerry while mitt romney is squaring off against rob portman. both have challenges and check lifts. is working on shorter answers and trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or i am pat. >> they are trying to get him in the mode of being able to answer questions short and to the point. so it is more like his man errisms, style, and the way he comes across. >> reporter: and mitt romney, he has to seem friend li err, after the 47% comments. he needs to show compassion and
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 6:30pm EDT
years ago, michelle obama got so nervous in the debates, she didn't like to watch them. she'll be there tomorrow in the debate hall. we turn to david muir who is there. >> reporter: hey, jake. tonight, here are some key decisions made moments ago. a coin toss between the campaigns determining that president obama will be introduced first and will have the first question. governor romney will get the final argument. there was a toss which of the wives would be introduced rst. i want to show the debate stage. both podiums. both candidates will stand with one another. that's why the romney team is concentrating on the answers and the body language. where was he earlier today? at chipotle. he's with rob port nman. if you were inside that debate prep room, what would you tell the governor? >> be honest. be straightforward. >> reporter: what do you tell him in the debate room? >> i say show him who you are. there's been bad press because of his comments about the 47% of the 49% that he doesn't care about. he does care about everyone. >> i would say use all the facts that you can and speak fro
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
. he was enduring the debate, rather than fighting it. >> reporter: president obama could have new worries today when the monthly job numbers come out. economists predicted the unemployment rate could go from 8.1% to 8.2%. >> critical numbers. tahman bradley live for us. thanks, tahman. >>> and one other campaign note this morning. a film dramatizing the raid that killed osama bin laden will make its debut just two days before the election. the national geographic channel denies there was any political motivation. it says the air date was chosen to kick off the fall season. >>> american airlines is cancelling or delaying dozens of flights today to fix a safety problem with its loose seats. the carrier says it is finally figured out what was causing the problem. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: american has grounded half its fleet of 757s, its domestic long-range workhorse, taking out for a second round of faa monitored fixes to prevent passenger seats from becoming dislodged in the air. the airline engineering team decided the locking mechanism that secures the seats to the flo
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 6:30am EDT
anticipated debate from denver. a number of political pundits have said tonight's debate in colorado will go a long way toward separating those two candid obama and governor mitt romney from a very tightly-locked race. the campaigns, though, they're downplaying the expectations from tonight's squareoff between these two candidates. now, governor romney is now saying that tonight's debate is not going to go a really long way toward determining a definitive winner. let's listen. >> in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president or myself, it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> and by contrast, the president has been preparing outside of las vegas. to his supporters, he remains confident, but he says he's not underestimating his opponent. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> pbs' jim lehrer will moderate tonight's debate from denver at 9:00 p.m. you can watch it here on abc news. a new cnn poll has this race as a
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm EDT
and friday the optimal days. back to you. >>> now to -- to democracy 2012 news, president obama and mitt romney face off in the first of three presidential debates. so, a lot of work, preparation has gone into the debate. what can we expect to see? >> reporter: kelly, this is a big moment. we know president obama and mitt romney have done their walkthroughs. now they're in the hotel getting ready. now we're down to the wire. here are a few things to keep in mind. first, how will the candidates stack up on the economy. it's a huge focus for tonight's debate and a major issue on the minds of voters. the president will argue his policies are working. mitt romney will point to his business experience. >> we can create a million new manufacturing jobs. >> reporter: can they accomplish their goals. the president needs to point to achievements and lay out a clear vision for what he would do with a second. for mitt romney he needs to appear presidential. voters need to look at him and say i can see you in commander in chief. >> the president's policies do not work. he doesn't get that. he d
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 6:30am EDT
preparing for the debate in colorado. president barack obama is in henderson, nevada, conducting a strategy run through, republican nominee, mitt romney, is in denver, he attend ad rally last night, previewing a line on the attack. >> we've had 43 straight months with unemployment ove 8%. what does the president have to say? he says forward. i think forewarned is a better term. >> according to the latest abc washington post poll, 56% of americans think the president will win the debate. watch the action wednesday night beginning at 9:00 he on abc 2. >>> delegate anthony o'donnell will be in college park. he is running for congress, and will be the guest speaker at the college republican. he is a minority leader and the maryland house of delegates and running in the 5th congressional district. >>> retailers could benefit from shoppers holiday spirit. holiday sales will total more than $586 billion. that's an increase of 4.1 point from last year, report indicates people will use the internet to do the shopping. on line shopping could bring in $96 billion. >> this is as much as 30 or
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
-released video, getting lots of attention before tonight's first presidential debate. >> it was released overnight by a conservative website. the speech was given to a largely african-american audience back in 2007, when mr. obama was still a senator. critics say the president was divisively pandering to the crowd, saying that the fog did not do enough to help residents of new orleans after hurricane katrina. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? where's your money? makes no sense. the bullet hasn't been taken out. tells me that somehow the people down in new orleans, they don't care about as much. >> in the speech, mr. obama also praised preacher jeremiah wright, calling him great leader and trusted friend. the obama campaign released this overnight, in a transparent attempt to change the subject from his comments attacking half of the american people, mitt romney's allies recirculated a video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time, end quote. the romney campaign denies having anything to do with that tape. >>>
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 5:30am EDT
candidates and tonight those men are going to be meet for the first time in a highly anticipated debate from denver. charley right now is at the live desk this morning with a preview of the showdown between president barack obama and governor mitt romney. >>reporter: megan, a number of political pundits say tonight's debate from colorado could go a long way towards separating these two candidates currently lock inside a very tight race. the campaigns, though, are downplaying the expectations between the squareoff involving president obama and governor romney. both candidates have spent the past two days prepping with their campaign advisers, focusing on the likely questions they'll face as tonight's topics include domestic policy, especially the economy. governor romney has been preparing in denver and says tonight's debate will not be about finding a definitive winner. >> in my view, it's not so much winning or losing, or even the people themselves, the president or myself, it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for to discuss a pathway forward for amer
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 5:30pm EDT
debate over the latest jobs report. how romney and obama are spinning the number. >> fans of 30 rock. what alec baldwin tweeted. barnhill: you hear a lot of talk about question seven... so let me tell you what i know: if question seven passes, my company's going to... bring table games, like blackjack and poker... right here to baltimore. a twenty-five million dollar investment... that'll create five hundred new jobs. all right here. today, marylanders are spending $500 million gaming... in other states. let's keep it here. i'm chad barnhill, and we're ready to build right here. we're ready, and it's real. and all that has to happen... is question seven. >>> take you down into enemy territory in dallas, texas, where we have been watching the skies. clouding up a little bit, changing weather in the lone star state for the big game. it looks like winds will be shifting around. we'll see temperatures dropping from the 70s to the 60s. here is the first pitch forecast. 72 degrees. mostly cloudy skies, winds five to 15. that will allow temps to drop. you can see a hit or miss shower. at le
ABC
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
debate shows president obama with a razor-thin lead. >>> and this morning, arnold schwarzenegger is here making his own predictions. >>> moment of impact. 38 cameras capturing every angle as a boeing 727 crashes in the desert. inside the unprecedented discovery test that could make all of us safer. >>> and taylor swift speaks out for the first time with her high-profile relationship with the kennedys. opening up to "glamour" and abc news. >> there is a lot of talk about you and the kennedys these days. >> there is? >> there is. do tell. ♪ >>> and good morning, everyone. we hope you had a great weekend. we got news from robin over the weekend. she's recovering from her bone marrow transplant. she's tweeting out this morning and she's got a special request for those at home. we'll get to that. >> robin is doing really, really well. we will hear from her. >>> also ahead in this half hour, arnold schwarzenegger is here for his first live interview since his bombshell new autobiography is out today. about the moment he confessed to maria shriver about his affair with the housekeeper. >>> an
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 4:30am EDT
for debate wednesday night. voters will be judging the candidates personal qualities. obama's favoritability rating
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 12:00am EDT
moves forward. >> jimmy: yes, indeed. the first of three debates between president obama and m.i.t. romnmitt romney tomorrow is and "family circle" ajounnnounced that mich obama beat ann romney in the cookie contest. they each submitted a rest scip the readers voted. they have been responsering the contest for decades, time-honored tradition of taking successful, accomplished women and forcing them to get in the kitchen and bake for us. congratulations. mitt romney and snooki are back in the news. mitt romney asked on "live with kelly and michael" who he liked better snooki or honey boo boo. he picked snooki, snooki heard by the and told the daily news it was awesome but she still hasn't decided who she's voting for, she wants to stick a few more facts in her head hole and rattle them around. didn't realize snooki was tall enough to vote to be honest. you shoild uld be allowed to vor be on "jersey shore," not both of them. you have to figure she'll vote for obama. she might be the only person in america who is better off now than she was four years ago. a funny romney related item
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm EDT
the economy. that's where mitt romney sees his opening. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of to us describe the path way forward. >> reporter: the public is basically split on who they think can do a better job, president obama with a one-point edge at the moment. a praise which hasn't had huge swings, everything can change in one night but both sides had tried to lower expectations. >> governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> about 6,000 to 8,000 people can fit in this arena behind me. you can expect a packed house. we are expecting tens of millions to watch from their homes, so the pressure is definitely on. >>> speaking of voters, in pennsylvania they're not going to be required to show a photo i.d. at the polls. a judge is temporarily blocking it. a judge said he wasn't convinced that every voter would be able to get a valid i.d. the requirement is supported by republicans who said they're fighting voter fraud. democrats say it's a move to help republican candidates. that ruling is expected to be appealed. >>> two "dancing with the stars." one on the show a
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 12:00am EDT
agree, most analysts of this sort of thing that mitt romney won the debate last night. which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president -- the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was looking -- he was trying to find a b of a of apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged his performance if the body of bin laden fell from the ceiling onto the stage. mitt romney seemed downright human. he really did. he was relaxed before the debate. this is mitt and his wife ann watching their son play a rousing game of jenga. this is real. we didn't make this up. they are playing -- and look at how much fun they're having. have you ever seen a person enjoy watching althou ing anoth play jenga as much as the romneys are here? he's having a dynamite time. i guess when you don't drink or smoke, jenga kicks ass. [ applause ] it's the simple things. moderator for the debate last night was jim lehrer of pbs a
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am EDT
happens to be the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. that seems very convenient. honey, i'd love to go to the ballet with you, but i'm debating mitt romney that night. hey, mitt, help me out, will you? [ laughter ] according to "the new york times," team romney has been working on what they call zingers for mitt to use tonight. just an fyi, if you call it a zinger, probably isn't one. we got some zingers, we got some whimsy, we've got some farcical remarks tonight. romney has reportedly been rehearsing these for months. his staff said he started working on them in august. even hired a company to write zingers for him. you know, he hired a company that we sometimes use here at the show to write jokes for us, so, i thought we should ask them about it. you i believe we have them on video chat right now. see if we can hook into it. hello. >> iphone 5 map app help center. how are you not today? >> jimmy: no, no, it's me, jimmy kimmel. >> oh, hi, mr. jimmy kimmel. jimmy kimmel, how are you, my brother from a totally different mother? >> jimmy: i am -- i'm good, bro. so, hey, i -- the reason
ABC
Sep 30, 2012 9:00am EDT
debate? or was early voting under way -- >> president obama. >> is it too late for a turnaround? >> four years from his last debate. >> you're wrong. >> will be president obama be rusty? we'll ask our headliners. new jersey governor chris christie and the president's senior adviser david plouffe. and our powerhouse roundtable. squaring off, haley barbour and howard dean. plus, matthew dowd, donna brazile and maggie haberman of politico. >>> hello again. we're heading into the home stretch of this campaign. just 37 days before the final votes. with all eyes on this week's first debate. the candidacy are hunkering down in debate camp. where the race stands. what to expect wednesday? white house adviser david plouffe standing by for the president. but let's begin with the romney camp, new jersey governor chris christie. good morning. >> good morning, george. >> since the convention, romney has fallen behind in the battlegrounds. new polls out this morning, ohio and iowa, behind. governor romney has to shake things up wednesday night. >> he's going to, i mean, every time mitt romney
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate is practicing. huddled with mock advisers. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has been rehearsing for days. senator john kerry is playing romney in president obama's practice sessions. the president is out of practice. the last time he debated was four years ago. and, rob and paula, according to the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debates. mitt romney told voters yesterday, the debates are about more than who comes out on top. they are a chance for a month-long conversation with the american people. >> managin
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
romney won. versus obama's 25%. the first presidential debate focused on domestic issues and the candidates found plenty to spar over. >> i like the fact that if my state we had republicans and democrats come together and work together. what you did instead was to push through a plan without a zippable republican vote. >> over the that's two years health care premiums have gone up. it's true and they've gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years. >> reporter: in the and the deaf it the -- and the deficit. >> i put together a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan. >> my number one principle is there'll be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> reporter: the president challenged thnumbers. >> it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit, or burden the middle class. it's -- it's mad. >> reporter: romney emphasized one of the campaign principles. >> it's absolutely extraordinary, we have 23 million people out of work. >> reporter: the debate low on drama and high on energy
ABC
Sep 30, 2012 8:00am EDT
the polls, it's about not letting his challenger back in the race. president obama is in nevada this morning where he'll spend the next three days in debate camp. reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing president obama holding a lead this morning, 6 points. >> this is the ball game for mitt romney. if romney doesn't do well in this debate it will be hard to get back in this race. >> reporter: both candidates have checklists. mitt romney has to avoid appearing detached. his to-do list, the three cs, show compassion, that he's competent and that he can indeed connect the voters. >> on those three cs, that's where he's got to really do well. >> reporter: while they lead in the polls, team obama know that debates can be a game-changer. so the president will have to look strong and forceful, not passive. he needs to avoid appearing irritable or impatient. and don't be long-winded. >> they need him to answer questions short, concise. and to the point. it's more his mannerismsened his style and the way
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 4:30am EDT
romney and president obama take the stage in the first presidential debate. wççÑçÑ >>> president barack obama and mitt romney have only talked face to face on a handful of occasions and tonight they'll get a chance to go head to head in the first of three presidential debates. abc 2's tori dunham is in denver with what we can expect to see tonight. >>reporter: this is the big moment we've all been waiting for, the first of three presidential debates will take place tonight. we'll talk a little bit about the format here. it's going to last 90 minutes. it'll be moderated by jim lehrer and we're told there's no audience participation. this debate will focus on domestic policies, things like healthcare, the economy and the role of the government. but while the two candidates were off the trail yesterday getting ready and prepping for the big debate, their wives are giving us a little bit of insight. >> i get so nervous at these debates, and, you know, i'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. he doesn't need much advice. i mean, he's been doing this for qu
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 2:35am EDT
. >> president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first of three debates. abc's karen travers is in denver with a preview. >> reporter: with president obama and mitt romney doing final debate preps, their runningmates hit the campaign trail. vice president biden was speaking about romney's economic plans when he said this -- >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle-class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans called it a stunning admission that the middle-class has been hurt by the obama administration's policies. congressman paul ryan pounced. >> of course the middle-class has been buried, buried by regulations, buried by taxes, buried by borrowing, they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> biden later tried to dig himself out. >> the middle class was buried by the policies of romney and the ryan supported. >> reporter: except for debate prep, a politics-free day for contenders. romney had lunch at chipotle. president obama paid a visit to the hoover dam. both have spent hours in debate sessions and both have cha
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm EDT
sent last night from the company's official twitter account during the debate reading obama's gna even now it was going to be bad. she died three days before he became president. he described the death during a debate answer. the wyatt as since been taken down but they haven't offered any explanation. . >>> we want to know what you think. do you think they need to do more about this? just go to the website. let us know. >>> friends, facebook friends are you only gets a few thumbs up for what you post? >> maybe it's time to promote yourself more. what facebook is offering. > are you sniffling? it may not be a cold. what doctors say are the real signs of fall allergies. >> and another fire in fell's point. how people are picking up the pieces today. . >>> it's the awesome orange pep rally. we are here with wonderful prizes to give away. we will talk to him. drink specials and of course the wonderful food here at buffalo wild wings. we will give out great prizes, come on down until 8:00. tonight is the orange pep rally. ashley black is the gm. the orange pep rally. buffalo wild wings
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Oct 1, 2012 2:05am EDT
days you mentioned earlier until the first presidential debate. our new poll out shows president obama way ahead in the expectations game. >> in our abc news/"washington post" poll, 63% of registered voters, a two to one margin expect president obama to win the upcoming debate and the election. that is the biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. >> when it comes to the race itself and support for each candidate a lot closer with the president leading 49% to 47%. we get more ones when day's debate in denver from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama arrived in nevada for three days of what campaign aide are calling debate camp. he took a break to rally supporters in the critical battleground state. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. >> reporter: both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending overbackwards to compliment their opponent. and downplay expectation
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Oct 1, 2012 6:30am EDT
. president obama and romney hunkered down for practice. americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose. in a abc news washington post poll, out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect the president to win. this is the biggest lead so far when it comes to overall voter expectation. the debate could be a pivotal turning point for romney and his campaign. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, you will shake your head saying it's a brand new race. >> mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy and romney says the current administration has been at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> five things to know before heading out the door on monday morning. two americans died during the weekend in afghanistan and it happened during the fire fight at a u.s. checkpoint. since the beginning of the military operation in the country 11 years ago, 2000 means have been killed. >>> gm drivers the automaker is recalling 40,000 cars and suvs, the problem is a faulty fuel pump that could lead to a leak it afegh
ABC
Sep 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
a more urgent countdown. just three days until the crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see the candidates side by side and what many say is a make or break opportunity for governor romney to try to narrow the gap in the polls. tonight both sides are in debate prep and both sides trying to lower expectations. and there was a notable exception, though, with one of romney's top supporters said on abc's "this week." it's "your voice your vote" abc's david kerley starts us off in washington tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers. it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate. and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's "this week." >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well so i have absolute confidence thursday morning you'll shake your head saying it's a brand-new race. >> reporter: christie is way off the romney campai
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 8:00am EDT
election and this morning an eye-popping number. president obama announced he has raised nearly a billion dollars in campaign cash. meanwhile, mitt romney riding his post-debate momentum into a must-win state for him, florida, it's "your voice, your vote" and abc's david kerley is in orlando with 30 days to go. david, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. you know, mitt romney is really trying to build on that debate momentum, so he's spending another day here in florida where the campaign says that the race is tightening, and romney got one of his biggest crowds ever last night in a state he really has to win. [ cheers ] >> that was a florida welcome. thank you so much. >> reporter: one of mitt romney's biggest crowds ever, more than 6,000 supporters near orlando in a state he needs to win. >> we're going to overcome the challenges we have. i'm counting on florida to win this for me on november 6th. >> yes. >> reporter: the crowd energized about the candidate's chances after that first debate. >> when it came to jobs and the economy, he doesn't really have anyt
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues. and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments, with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on questions, via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections and, for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments, as i announced, in advanc advanced, will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the role of government and governing, with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
grounds, president obama did not lose the debate. >> this is so much like what happened to one of your former bosses, george w. bush, back in 2004. john kerry came in to the debates behind. took it to the president. the president recovkovcovered oe next few debates. what does the president's team say to him this morning? >> it's a dicey thing. it's easy to forget that these men are human beings. they're demoralized by a bad night. buoyed by a great night. you have to build them back up. and the reality sets in pretty immediately, for any candidate. they know when they've done a bad job. they know when they've de a good the good news for romney is he didn't just do himself a world of good for republicans. republicans feel like we have a guy that can win this. he managed to frame the debate that does a world of good with independent voters. framing this election as a choice. really, a philosophical debate with the specifics underneath him, of what we know that romney can do about the role in government in american life, which is something that republicans felt would put romney on solid g
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
. and this morning, mitt romney, riding high from his debate win wednesday. president obama fighting back, promising to do better at the next debate. the questions right now, is this really a new race? how much of a difference will this morning's jobs report make? david muir is with mitt romney in harrisonburg, virginia. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning to you. both campaigns awaiting the new jobs report this morning. the president hoping for good numbers as he tries to turn the page on that debate performance this week. as mitt romney in virginia looks to build on his momentum. overnight here, the key battleground of virginia, mitt romney on a different stage. but it was that debate stage 24 hours earlier, still on his mind. >> last night, i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see two very different visions for the country. >> reporter: deafening cheers and a swelling crowd of a debate performance that's rallied republicans. paul ryan, taking away from his own debate prep. >> last night, america got to see the man i know. a leader. >> reporter: t
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
first debate, the new release of a 5-year-old obama speech. >> folks are frustrated. >> what's behind it? and will the speech make any difference tonight? >>> bully backlash on the news. the local anchor woman who became the headline when she took on the man who complained about her weight, head-on. >> you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> why she went public with the hurtful viewer e-mail. and her message for everyone this morning. ♪ put me in, coach i'm ready to play ♪ >>> back in the game. the major league baseball player who took a fast ball to the head. his first time at-bat seven years ago. his fans campaigning for one more shot at glory. and we'll show you what happened at home plate. >>> love having that music coming in. good morning, america. robin recovering from her bone marrow transplant, watching us this morning. great to have elizabeth vargas. >> he had been, adam greenberg, the only player to have his career end on the first pitch of the first at-bat. and that is no longer the case. miami, g
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Oct 2, 2012 4:55am EDT
the public is evenly divided. foreign policy, president obama has the edge there, too, but that topic won't come up until the third and final debate on october 22nd. in washington, i'm shannon travises back to you. >>> jim lair from pbs will be the moderator. catch the debate wednesday at 9:00. here on abc 2 news. >>> weather a big topic, people need to be prepared with umbrellas. the showers will be hanging around for a while. we are seeing them trying to slide in to baltimore. see what is going on with the heaviest rain towards the south and west. a batch of rain nows on the border of carroll county and baltimore county as of now. let's zoom in to the area. we will deal with light rain around reisterstown and garrison. this will work out of here, we have rain behind that. speaking of rain, there it is, if you are traveling in to virginia today, this morning, you could see heavy rain here, you are going to need the wipers on full blast through time. the the bus stop, that forecast is going to be a wet one this morning for the kids. make sure you dress them appropriatelies they
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm EDT
last minute. >> hunkered down in debate camp. president obama is -- we expect limb to be studying intensely. mitt romney last a public event in denver, colorado. then he will go dark until wednesday in colorado. >> reporter: the campaigns have been focused on lowering their debate. mitt romney is talking up the president's victorious record from 2008. president obama's campaign said the president is out of practice compared to romney, referring to the gop primary debates. the one guy who didn't get the memo, new jersey governor chris christie. he hit the sunday morning talk shows, playing up the expectations for mitt romney. >> here's the great news for republicans. we have lap candidate who will do extraordinarily well. he will come am wednesday night, lay out his vision for america, contrast his view and the president's record and this whole race will be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> reporter: this unfiltered confidence may not make much of a splash. a newark ton post poll shows 55% of likely voters think the president will win this debate. only 31% say it will be
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
appeared the clear winner in last night's first presidential debate. even president obama's supporters say he turned in a lackluster performance. >>> for the second-straight day tushish artillery has fired on syrian military targets. turkey is retaliating for a syrian attack that killed five people. >>> and miguel cabrera of the detroit tigers is the first triple crown winner since 1967. he led the american league in batting average, home runs and rbi. >>> looking at today's weather. heavy rain in the northeast. showers and thunderstorms from the carolinas down to florida. 6 to 12 inches of snow for northern minnesota to northern dakota. >>> and finally from us this morning, defining moments from past presidential debates, it's not always the real debates we remember best. it's the parodies. >> abc's jonathan karl has a look at some of those impressions that we just cannot forget. >> i can't. the third one, i can't. sorry. oops. >> reporter: some debate moments just don't need late-night comedians to be memorable. for the rest, there's "saturday night live." >> let me just sum up. on t
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Oct 7, 2012 9:00am EDT
we see a different game from president obama in the next debate? >> i think now that barack obama has had the opportunity to meet both mitt romneys, i don't doubt that he'll make some adjustments. i know he's looking forward to the next debate. >> robert gibbs, thanks very much for your time this morning. >> george, thanks for having me. >> let's hear from the romney campaign. ed gillespie joining us this important. ed, thanks for getting up this morning. you heard robert right there, masterful, theatrical, fundamentally dishonest. i guess his basic point now about governor romney on his tax plan is either that he's not telling the truth about the scale of the tax plan or abandoning his economic theory. which one is it? >> well, the problem they have is that the debate's performance on wednesday evening was not a matter of style, it was a matter of substance and governor romney laid out a plan for turning this economy around, getting things moving again, he had a fact-based critique of president obama's failed policies that the president was unable to respond to. and today and sin
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manage the speculations. >> i know the media is speculating who is going to have the best zinger. i don't know about that. governor romney, he's a good debater. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absol
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Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm EDT
. >> reporter: but astonishingly in the debate tonight, those comments never came up. obama declined an opportunity, or simply whiffed, when given the chance, when he was asked a broad question on the role of government. he ended up talking about, well, something. >> in the middle of the civil war, abraham lincoln said, let's help to finance the transcontinental railroad. >> reporter: romney's response was clear, practiced and forcibly delivered. >> we have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people and that means the military, second to none. >> reporter: at the end, they shook hands and then, a moment offing toness. the obamas and the romneys on stage. but even as they were enjoying a little bipartisanship, both sides began spinning and readying for the next round. two more rounds ahead. just ahead, in our program, who made the grade? who missed the mark? the experts who prepped sarah palin and george w. bush for their debates tell us how they scored tonight's candidates for a "nightline" report card. yeah, i'm looking to save, but i'm not sure which policy is r
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Oct 6, 2012 8:00am EDT
president obama in debate preparation. they'll be doing a bit of that today before an ent tonight. the president has nothing on his schedule. we don't know what he's doing. no guidance on whether he's preparing for the next debate. as for the last debate, dan and bianna, some democrats are saying what debate? after the jobs report. >>> and with more of on the political impact of these numbers, we're joined by john avlon, senior analyst with "newsweek" and "the daily beast." these allegations that the numbers are somehow cooked are shocking and dangerous, especially from somebody as prominent as jack welch. what does it say about partisanship in the country? >> it says that the partisanship starts to rot people's brains. the theory is just -- we need a good name for this. i nominate job nutters. but this really is ridiculous. this is -- first things first, this is good news for the country. and, yes, it benefits the president because it adds to argument. it takes away the argument that unemployment rate's been over 8%. it's a positive sign for the country. and frankly, it gives the pres
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Oct 2, 2012 2:35am EDT
debat of this campaign is tomorrow in denver, how mitt romney and president barack obama are preparing as they count down the hours to tomorrow night. 90 minutes of drama should we say. >> not to mention, want to be a fly in the room, listening to the prep. if he says this, you say this. stand like this. talk like that. the prep must be fascinating behind the scenes. >> would love to hear the commentary as they're looking at their appropriate in previous debates. just the things they would say about them. >> political theater in full effect tomorrow night. >>> a health concern near and dear to our insomniac viewers, this is for sure, we'll bring you new, pretty eye-opening research into teens who are sleep deprived. something we can relate to especially coming off a little miniweekend vacation. >> basically anything positive out of sleep deprivation. >> the news is never good for our life expectancy on the shift. >> this is kind of good. extreme eats, ordinary foods with an extreme edge. i will introduce you to guys making pickles like nobody else's business. hey, insomniacs,
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Oct 4, 2012 6:30pm EDT
today. what was going on with president obama at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling with the president tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. yes, that performance by the president that won former democratic party chairman referred to at disinterested and passive was the talk of the campaign today. campaign aides say they don't have any explanation as to why the president was the way he was, other than a general inclination to play it safe, but however cold his performance may have left even some supporters last night, today, the president came out with some fire. before a crowd of 12,000 in denver, the president tried to turn his opponent's polished debate performance into proof of his phoniness. >> when i got onto the sta
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Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
from the first debate between president obama and republican challenger, mitt romney. some are calling these debates a make-or-break moment for romney. it's "your voice, your vote." with just 38 days left to election day. and david kerley joins us from the white house with an inside look at how both sides are prepping. david? >> reporter: good morning, bianna. this is the year that these debates could be critical. so, both candidates are spending a lot of time preparing. heading back to boston for more debate practice, mitt romney would not endorse the view that the debates could be do-or-die for his campaign. >> i don't think anyone would suggest that the debates are not important. i can't tell you how important it will be. it will be a good chance for the president and for me to have a conversation with the american people about our respective views. >> four more years. >> reporter: mr. obama spent a couple of hours practicing yesterday, as well. and has three days set aside for more practice. it's nicknamed debate camp. and near the end of camp, like now, it's a full-on mock debate.
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
campaigns have been intensity participa participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney trying to get used to the one-on-one format. in a race this close, both candidates know anything could make the difference tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine kind of guy. the president is at this posh resort in nevada, where he'll, no doubt, be hitting the gym before another day of debate practice. while he may be strong physically, he admits he's out of debate shape. romney debated most recently in february. >> i think the earmarks, we had it with them. >> reporter: the last time the president debated was almost four years ago. >> we need a president who is going to tackle it h
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30am EDT
, abc2 news. >>> five things you need to know, tomorrow first of three presidential debates up to election day. barack obama and mitt romney are tackling a number of issues in denver. a pa judge expected to rule about a new state law requiring every voter to present a photo id at the polls opponents say it will deprive some people of their right to vote. today find out if the latest search for jimmy hoffa's body turned up clues. they dug through concrete. soil samples are looked at to be sure they contain human remains. >>> maceys is ramping up hiring , the retailer says it plans to bring in 80,000 seasonal workers. they are needed to staff sales floors, store operations and call centers and shipping centers for on line orders. >>> today is live strong day. send a message of support through facebook or twitter. each message means $1 for on going cancer research. ikea is under fire for removing women from the saudi arabia version of the catalog. to look at the difference, the one on the right is the saudi catalog, the one on the left is what you normally see. this raised questions
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Oct 5, 2012 4:30am EDT
would best handle unemployment, voters surveyed in a cnn orc poll taken before the week's debate picked romney by a 51- 45% margin over obama. today's numbers will be especially scrutinized because after this there is just one more jobs report expected before the november election. in washington, i am emily schmidt. >> the job report the numbers are due out by 8:30 this morning. >> claims are up about 367,000 americans filed for first time unemployment benefits last week. that's 4,000 more than the week before. those numbers are important because they serve as an indicator to how healthy the job market is overall. >>> in news around the nation this morning, drivers in california are getting a shock when they fill up at the pump. gas price we up more than 8 cents from wednesday to thursday. some customers paid more than $5.50 a gallon for regular unleaded they blame refinery outages for the spike and according to aaa, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is 3.78. gas prices in southern california are about 57 cents higher than the national average. >>> a couple in utah
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30am EDT
tally has lauren cook in the lead. if you -- president obama and gop nominee mitt romney are getting ready for the first debate. the president expected to meet with top advisers today at a des earth resort in nevada. he took part in an event in las vegas and it was focused in part on rallying hispanic voters. in the meantime, this morningmitt romney is practicing for debate in massachusetts and later will head to denver for rally and more debate prep. this is the first debate witness wednesday night take -- wednesday night take place in denver, colorado. >>> arnold schwarzenegger autobiography hits shelves today. it's called total recall. my unbelievably true life story revealing secrets he kept from his now ex-wife maria schriver. the -- shriver. he says some of the mayor events he failed did -- major events he failed to talk about were majorheart surgery and whether or not he was going to run for governor in 2003. >>> time for five things to know on this monday morning. coming up he is accused of killing his wife 20 years ago and burying his body in a shed. he is set to go to trial
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Oct 5, 2012 5:30am EDT
good morning america and they are in talks with michelle obama for a similar guest appearance. >>> the neilsen ratings says more than 67 million people watched the debate between the president and the gop challenger. this was the largest tv audience for a presidential debate since 1992. that one involved bill clinton george bush and ross perot. >>> it was one year ago today we lost a genius. steve jobs he died on this day last year from pancreatic cancer. >>> well apparently 34 million dollars wasn't enough to fix the reflecting pool in front of the lincoln memorial. the national park service has once again drained the pool clean because of an algea buildup that formed after a two- year overhaul. it will remain empty for a week. algea and scum has been covering the pool since it reopened. it's been closed for two years as part of a renovation and reengineering river water from the tidal basin instead of the city drinking water. >>> well, if you don't want to go see lance armstrong plenty of other events going on around the state this weekend. for example, you can go to fells p
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